Baby panda born in Tokyo zoo

6 Jul

Yesterday (2012 July 5th), Shin-Shin, the female Giant Panda at Tokyo’s 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) gave birth to a baby.

The proud mother, Shin-Shin, in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo.
(Photo from the Ueno Zoo website).

This is the first time that a panda has been born in a zoo in Japan in twenty-four years.
That means that the last time a panda was born here was in 1988…two years before I came to Japan.

So, this is big news and Ueno Zoo will surely be full of visitors hoping to see the baby panda.

Edited on 2012 July 12: It was announced that the newborn baby panda died of pneumonia yesterday.

So sad!

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10 Responses to “Baby panda born in Tokyo zoo”

  1. tokyo5 July 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I just edited this post above with the news that the baby panda died yesterday. It’s too bad!

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  2. Tom Arrison July 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Reblogged this on Okonomibloggy.

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  3. musings July 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    We’ve heard the controversy about the name for the panda.

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    • tokyo5 July 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      Yeah, Tokyo’s governor suggested naming the baby panda after the Japanese name for disputed territory between Japan and China.

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  4. gigihawaii July 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    please show pics of the baby, when available. thanx.

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    • tokyo5 July 7, 2012 at 12:34 am #

      Actually I wanted to put a photo of the baay panda but the zoo’s website doesn’t have one, yet.

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      • tokyo5 July 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

        Here a picture of the baby panda (which, by the way,it was announced is a “boy”) from the Ueno Zoo website:

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  5. Paul (@BlueKutsu) July 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Never went to a zoo in Japan during my time there. Hm.

    Is it that pandas don’t often breed in captivity, or they just haven’t been successful since 1988?

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    • tokyo5 July 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      You’ve never been to a zoo here? That’s too bad … there are so many nice ones!

      And pandas are supposedly notoriously difficult to breed .

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